A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. She breathes in the clean air and closes her eyes as she takes it all in, forgetting her troubles for a moment.
She notices a young village kid smiling at her. She smiles back. Suddenly, she’s jolted back to reality when the young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. She chases him through the beautiful landscape as he whips through jungles and open fields and villages. He’s very familiar with the place and she doesn’t have a chance.
Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart.
‘Cup Of Tea’ is a short film about the potential we all have to change someone else’s life, and while you’re doing that, might as well change it for the better.

  • Jitendra Rai
  • Jitendra Rai
  • Jitendra Rai
  • Simriti Kalra
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  • Shubham T. parab
    Key Cast
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    September 15, 2016
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    9,289 USD
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Director Biography - Jitendra Rai

Given his decade of work with theatre legend Makarand Deshpande, Jitendra has built an excellent reputation in the theatre community in Mumbai. He has worked extensively with NGOs that are related to children’s issues. He is highly active in conducting theatre workshops with children in Aseema Charitable (NGO), Dhai Akshar (NGO), Blind Association Center etc.
He has worked as an assistant director and casting director on films like Stanley Ka Dabba , Hawaa Hawaai (with Amol Gupte) and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (with Vishal Bhardwaj).
He is a gifted visualizer and has written many films, of which ‘Cup Of Tea’ is very close to his heart.

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Director Statement

My intention behind this film is entrenched in my belief that all children deserve an education, and that those of us privileged enough to have received an education should reserve a few moments in our busy lives to help educate an under-privileged child. Through NGOs and social workers, I have had the good fortune of extensively working and spending time with rural underprivileged children. These are children bursting with energy and potential, and deserve every bit of the education that you and I were privileged enough to receive.
The idea is that, if you are educated, educate.